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Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Barbershop Wisdom: Self-Discipline

Posted By Michael Roby | Monday, October 9th, 2017

This morning I went to the barbershop in for my weekly haircut. Over the last four years, my barber Matt and I have organically grown a relationship which transcends that of customer-vendor. While we aren’t pals, since 2013 we have spent upwards of 50 hours discussing family, friendship, football, faith, and business. Matt develops deep relationships with his customers, and I would guess he sees upward of 60 – 70 people like me even week.

This morning we discussed football, and the discipline demanded by Nick Saban, coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide of his players. Matt said something that was genius in it’s simplicity:

“Discipline isn’t pretty but the results are so worth it.” ~ Matt The Barber

Often mundane, incremental activities provide no immediate results. We want immediate gratification, and when it does not come, we quit. Dieting, exercise, prospecting, sales calls, writing, building relationships; all of these provide exceptional long-term benefits and measurable results. The only problem we face is doing them long-term!

However, when we commit, and stick with it, the execution of small, achievable activities, pointless things done over and over provide meaningful, sometimes life-changing results. Long-term, metrics provide evidence of the worth of our efforts, and justification for our persistence and patience. But the daily grind, the chipping away, saw-sharpening, and relentless pressure to perform make pressing on difficult at best. What provides the necessary drive to stick with the ordinary and tedious daily activities and disciplines long enough to see meaningful results?

Keys to Self-Discipline:

Principles – Most people find choices of activities provide good results when based upon principles. Principles act as our personal and professional compass, helping us to make responsible decisions in the midst of stress or emotion. Principles are fundamental, primary, or general laws or truths.

Passion – Passion releases significant energy we can direct toward goal achievement. Passion creates enthusiasm, and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done to achieve a goal. It allows you to confidently step forward into the next big thing. Passion fuels persistence and perseverance.

Purpose – Humans are, to the best of our knowledge, the only species which contemplates purpose. Purpose means having a goal, objective, or situation for which you strive. Purpose rises above instinct. Purpose says if we have a strong enough why we can figure out the how. It doesn’t happen; Purpose, by definition, is intentional.

The pain of discipline is temporary. The pain of regret lasts forever. Matt was right; discipline isn’t pretty but today’s discipline gets you to tomorrow, and repeated daily ultimately get you to where you want to go!

Work Hard & Have Fun!™


Be Thankful! Five Reasons Why Americans Should Celebrate

Posted By Michael Roby | Monday, November 19th, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 finds many Americans out of hope, out of work. out of money, and out of dreams. We face many daunting challenges as individuals and as a nation. Selection_002Why should we be thankful with the looming specter of a Fiscal Cliff, a National Debt increasing without adding infrastructure, free enterprise being attacked as the problem, and not the solution, and a sense of resignation that hard times are the new normal?

  1. What happened on November 6, 2012 was an American Election, and not a military coup. We don’t have rioting or missiles overhead. We have natural disasters and still find the means to help others. Americans are still the most generous, compassionate people in the world. Our roots are sown in the seeds of tyranny and oppression and we won’t go back. Be a part of the American Solution, not part of the problem.
  2. The United States has resources and people to work and some of the best minds in the world. This is still the richest country in the history of mankind. We have natural resources, energy, cropland, technology, infrastructure, and the brains to make it happen. We can’t keep people from crossing the borders legally or illegally because we offer a better life and opportunity.
  3. You have a public platform to be seen and lead. A financial advisor in Illinois chooses a unique route to affecting change. He’s not ranting about the election or spewing hate. Instead of saying what he is “against”, he is showing what he is “for.” He is conducting seminars on becoming an entrepreneur. Creating your own job, not a position with another company or the government. Choose leadership over whining.
  4. People have financial problems, and you have financial solutions. Today people and businesses need you more than ever. Don’t try to be a sage. Advise using time-tested principles that always work. Your clients don’t need an order-taker; they need financial leadership.
  5. In the United Sates, we have a President with a two-term limit, not a monarchy or dictatorship. Small American Businesses may be getting the message that they can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. Get over worrying about “What will people think?” and take a stand for what is right. Have the courage. Get involved. Stand your ground. Serve others. Create jobs. You DO have the ability to affect change. And as always…

Work Hard And Have Fun!™